8 Top Experiences You MUST-HAVE in Vietnam

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  1. Trying be farmer and fisher in Hoi An

Hoi An lies on the coast of Vietnam’s thin central section, and like Halong Bay it has been recognized with UNESCO World Heritage status. Honestly, if you only go to one place in Vietnam, it should be here. Throughout its long and prosperous history Hoi An has received influences from a multitude of different cultures and civilizations, each of which has left its mark on the historical city. Not only does Hoi An attract travelers through its “Hoi An full moon night”, “Old Glittering streets” shining with beautiful lanterns, traditional folk music performances on those tiny boats, but it also has some eco-tours helping you fulfill your dream of becoming a “tourist farmer” or “tourist fisherman”., you will have a memorable vacation by emerging yourself into the daily work of fishermen and also have an exciting and unique whilst visiting Hoi An.

You will get an intimate and close-up exposure to local farming and fishing communities. Associated with the tour guide, you will leisurely experience cycling tour along the country roads to witness true Vietnamese rural life of locals, obtain a wide array of unique and distinct photo taking chances – perhaps a buffalo working in a rice field, local farmers tending their new crops or colorful market stalls located on roadside. There are endless opportunities for you to take when traveling in Hoi An.

You can board a wooden boat for a river cruise, meeting and engaging with Vietnamese fishermen and a real experience of traditional net fishing. Then, perhaps, you can experience paddling the Vietnamese bamboo basket boats whilst discovering the coconut-palm flanked waterways. With such activities, you will have a cultural window into the manners of life of

Try to be a real farmer, you will dress traditional farming clothes, and take a walk to visit an organic vegetable garden where the local farmers work and use traditional methods without using any electrical machine as a support.

Read more: Hoi An Eco Tour

 

  1. Overnight on cruise in Ha Long Bay

Halong Bay is one of Vietnam’s most recognizable sites. Towering Limestone Mountains lie scattered in the emerald waters of the bay. Characterized by tall, narrow, limestone islands dotted throughout (called karsts), one of the best ways to explore it is cruising through it on a traditional junk boat. Two and three day with overnight on cruises are offered. If you have the time, the three days two nights cruise lets you explore farther into the Halong Bay, for a more authentic, memorable experience.

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  1. Strolling through the Old Quarter of Hanoi

Located in northern Vietnam, Hanoi is such a joy to wander. The Old Quarter is the highlight of Hanoi. It can be a bit chaotic, with crowded sidewalks and streets, exotic, colorful food for sale, and motorbikes zipping everywhere. But that is all just part of the experience. Try to be a local by sitting down a corner to enjoy a fresh cup of beer or eating a street food, you will feel in-depth culture of Hanoi.

Read more: Hanoi street food tour

 

  1. Enjoy street food

Vietnam street food and peddled wares is Vietnamese people’s own cultural characteristic. As travel-lovers, you will agree with us when exploring Vietnam, you should enjoy the local ways! People here are friendly and love to share their culture, and street food is a great place to experience it.

Grab a tiny red chair and join in on the fast-paced atmosphere of street food. If you’re looking down a street of stalls and don’t know how to choose one, decide on the stall that has the most people. Since these are the “fast-food restaurants” of Vietnam, there’s a quick turnover time so you won’t be waiting long for your delicious meal. In most countries, when you think of fast food, the word ‘fresh’ isn’t exactly the first word to come to mind. Vietnam’s version of fast food  is super fresh and healthy, apart from the occasional fried treats. There’s no lack of fresh herbs, and the meat is bought fresh that morning at the local market. Portions aren’t overwhelming and it’s common to buy plates that are family-style where you share with your friends, which means you won’t overeat.

Street food stalls have mastered the art of balancing flavors. Most stalls cook one dish, and so have come to perfect their dish of choice. If you spark up a conversation with a local street food stall owner, you’ll often hear that they learned their cuisine skills from their parents, and their parents learned from their parents (and so on!).

Read more: Taste of Vietnam

 

  1. Cruising the Mekong Delta

The Mekong hits Vietnam and slows down to a more languid pace. With islands, rice paddies, stilted villages and a way of life that hasn’t changed for centuries, it’s as if the river wants to take it easy and soak up the view.

Hitch a ride with a cargo boat and you can do exactly that too. Simply find a shady spot to hitch your hammock and gaze at faraway riverbanks as your boat, weighed down with fruit and rice sacks, ploughs the treacly brown flow. Or, take one of the many commercial cruises that ply parts of the river. The cruise from Cai Be to Can Tho is a great way to experience a night on the river. As you travel southwards along the Mang Thit River linking the Tien Giang and Bassac systems, the channel becomes so narrow that you can peer into the riverbank’s rickety stilted houses.

Read more: Mekong Delta Explorer on cruise

 

  1. Trekking in Sapa

In the south, you have the hot, steamy Mekong Delta. In the north, you have cool, misty Sapa. This is the place to go trekking over rice terraces and to explore the hill-tribe villages. This is another spot in Vietnam just waiting to be explored. Sapa is home to Vietnam’s highest peak, Fan Si Pan, which tickles the clouds 3143m above sea level, keeping watch over the terraced rice paddies that line Sapa’s steep valley walls. Sapa is also home to several ethnic minorities, chiefly the H’Mong, the Dao and the Dai, Sapa has been attracting trekkers since the early 1900s. Trekking in Sapa is one of the best ways to experience the natural scenery of Northern Vietnam and special experience the minority local life in-depth.

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  1. Sun-bathing on the pretty little Phu Quoc Island

The best beaches in Vietnam are generally on Phu Quoc, a beautiful little island that looks like it belongs to Cambodia on a map, but is easily accessible from either country. A trip to Phu Quoc Island will not be complete without spending the days lazing on the various beaches. I’d definitely recommend Bai Sao, otherwise known as Star Beach, would be up there with some of the best beaches in Vietnam, and most definitely one of the best Phu Quoc beaches. A quieter and largely undeveloped beachfront located to the east of Phu Quoc, Star Beach still dazzles with its beautiful shores and pristine waters. Much quieter than the West of Phu Quoc, you’ll be able to get away from the hustle and bustle and enjoy the famous Vietnamese beach at your own pace. Beside sunbath, you also can spend your days snorkeling or diving in the pale blue waters and relax afterwards with an obligatory cocktail at one of the few more chilled beach restaurants dotted along the water’s edge.

 

  1. Cycling through countryside peaceful path in Hue

Once more interesting way to discover much many other charming of Hue ancient capital is making a cycling trip around the countryside. Cycling Hue tour gives you more the tranquil and beautiful sightseeing in different villages surrounding Hue when passing through green paddy fields, rivers, hill,…. You will embark to the rural to admire and enjoy interesting scenes and local life. This tour gives you more the tranquil, peaceful, beautiful sightseeing in different villages surrounding Hue including green paddy fields, rivers, hill, handicraft villages, and old architecture, which Hue people keep in original appearance.

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